Monday, January 4, 2010

Morning Sickness a Total Misnomer

If you ask me about being pregnant I'll tell you I fear and loathe the symptoms. Well maybe not all of the symptoms, but definitely morning sickness. Morning sickness is a total misnomer and a cruel joke for women that become pregnant and expect to be glowing and beautiful.

I intend to tell the truth about pregnancy. Although, if someone had tole me the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about pregnancy, well, I might have missed out on the greatest joy of my life, MC and being a parent.

Morning sickness for me is a 24/7 experience, a traumatic experience. Now, for some this is me being melodramatic, but my friends know that I don't do "sick" very well. And that means any kind of sick, a fever, earache, cold, anything that lasts more than 24 hours and I'm ready to be done with it. BUT nausea and vomiting, I'm afraid of those symptoms. I can't stand to be nauseous and well once the hurling has begun, I get scared. I don't really have an explanation for the fear, but its real and its present.

I have friends that ask, "what's morning sickness like?" Well that question is almost impossible to answer because if you haven't experienced it then you can't understand it. I remember my mom saying she had morning sickness with me and again with my brother and that she was miserable, experiencing symptoms for each of the nine months. And now that I know what she's experienced, I wonder why I wasn't an only child.

Morning sickness should be called the "pregnancy curse." Its worse than PMS, its worse than Aunt Flo, its worse than my worst hangover. And as of right now there's not currently a drug that is totally safe for you and your unborn child that will make the symptoms go away.

When I was pregnant with MC, I felt like I had a bad case of the flu for three months. I spent most of the time on the couch, staying as still as possible, hoping that if I didn't move I wouldn't be sick. And then I realized that if I ate every 2 hours like clockwork then I could keep the nausea and vomiting in check. But I couldn't eat just anything, it had to be french fries, or small McDonald's burgers, or plain waffles, some cereal, etc. My husband would always ask me if I was sure that's what I wanted when I'd send him on a Mickey D run for the burgers. You see I never eat Mickey D's. I would joke that eating anything from McDonald's was a definite confirmation I was pregnant.

But this time around, we're at the seven week mark and well what worked before isn't working this time. I can eat every two hours and still be sick. I've tried ginger ale, coke without ice, saltines, etc. but nothing seems to work. And unlike before I'm having cravings. Yesterday, I wanted a chicken breast from Popeye's and strawberries. Oh and I wanted them right away. Strange.

With MC the morning sickness had disappeared by around week 14 and life was easier. I'm hoping that it will disappear sooner this time or that I'll discover a way to master it, the one things that will keep it in check and make the next 7 weeks bearable.

If you're reading this and think you have a solution, well by all means share, even if it doesn't cure my problem, maybe it will help someone else with theirs.


  1. Hi there. Dropping by from SITS to say, "hello". I'm sorry you are feeling so miserable. :( Pregnancy then labor and delivery were definitely my least favorite parts of having children...hum, guess I better adopt from here on out. ;) Anyway, not sure it will help or not but someone told me (which I tried and it seemingly worked) to eat saltine crackers (which I see you tried them) but first thing BEFORE YOU EVEN MOVE in the morning. I used to keep a package by my bed and when I opened my eyes I would (carefully) reach over and down some crackers before I rolled over, scooted, leaned, or got up. The person who told me said once you move, you're done for. Anyway, I hope you find something that works for you. :) Best wishes.

    Kindest regards,

  2. I'm coming from SITS and I have to say my daughter can totally relate. She is pregnant with twins after two singleton pregnancies that were super easy. No morning sickness with those two, but the twins are giving her tons of trouble in the nausea department! Hopefully you are feeling better soon.

  3. ugh. I don't do sick well either. I am a little scared if I ever have kids! Stopping by from SITS!

  4. Oh my. It sounds horrible! I hope it goes away soon! I just said a prayer that it would!

  5. hang in there and its all worth it in the end!
    stopping by from Sits Saturday Sharefest

  6. The same case that I've been through. In fact, morning sickness is actually morning, noon and night sickness. The only thing that keeps my stomach settled are my natural cure for morning sickness.